Computer courses starting in January 2011 in Crosspool

Three computer courses are starting next month in Crosspool, two National Open College Network ones run by Crosspool Forum and one BBC First Click Beginners course run by Tuition Extra. Details are below:

National Open College Network courses

Following in the success of the two previous computer courses, and wishing to build on the student’s achievements, Crosspool Forum has managed to secure patronage for two further National Open College Network (NOCN) 10 week courses.

They run on Fridays, starting on 14 January 2011 at St Columba’s Church Hall on Manchester Road. Laptops are provided. The two courses are:

Using ICT Computer Basic
Word, desktop publishing and paint

Word processing level 1 & level 2

The NOCN courses carry a modest charge of £1 per hour for tuition, plus a £6 per term enrolment fee, so a 20 hour course will cost £26. Learners on income-related benefits pay to enrol and nothing else.

Anyone wishing to join either of the above courses should contact Ian, Crosspool Forum, on 0114 335 1674.

BBC First Click Beginners email and internet course

Have you got a new laptop, netbook or smartphone for Christmas and have no idea how to use it? Why not book in for a beginners course at Tuition Extra in Crosspool to help you get started?

Tuition Extra on Sandygate Road has teamed up with the BBC’s First Click initiative which aims to help out people who don’t know how to use the internet. We are planning to cover many topics including:

  • how to open and use an e-mail account
  • how to use a web browser
  • using price comparison sites to get cheaper insurance and utility bills
  • using Facebook and Twitter
  • and anything else you want to learn how to do

If you have your own laptop or other mobile device you can bring it along or you can use one of our computers.

Courses will be starting in the new year from 10-11.30am during the week at a cost of £5 per session. Tuition Extra is located in Crosspool shops in the flat above A Villa Caruso (52 Sandygate Road). Places must be booked in advance by calling Carolyn Sleath on 0114 230 9566 or 07875 039887. When we have five participants, the course will run.

You can also get more information at or by emailing – but if you can do that, you probably don’t need us!

Christmas trees go up in precinct

Earlier on today, volunteers and the Crosspool Forum committee met to put up illuminated Christmas trees above shops in the precinct.

It is the sixth year that Crosspool shops have been decorated with Christmas trees. As the photos below show, thankfully the team was blessed with fine weather compared to last year’s driving sleet!

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South West Community Assembly community group review

On Monday representatives from Crosspool Forum will be attending a South West Community Assembly community group review at Sheffield town hall.

The purpose of the get together is to work out how local groups can be more involved in the work that the South West Community Assembly does on behalf of the wider community.

Matthew Rush, South West Community Assembly Officer, explains more:

Since before the official launch of the South West Community Assembly in May 2009 we have been looking at developing engagement with local groups. So far we have achieved mixed success and would now like to review the situation and look at using a model that is fit for purpose across the four wards. The hope is that we can involve groups more in the work that the Assembly does on behalf of the wider community.

Rather that replicating our previous attempts to nurture a formal relationship with community groups through the Partner Panel we would like to hear what your group has to say and what you feel is the best way forward.

It will be chaired by Councillor Mike Reynolds and include workshops as a way of exploring the best way forward.

Also invited to the session are representatives from Dore and Totley Ward Forum, Ecclesall Forum and Hallam Community Youth Association. We’ll report back on how it goes.

Crosspool wins Sheffield in Bloom award

The photos below, taken over the summer, show some of the dozen hanging baskets and four planters in the precinct at Crosspool.

Entering the Lord Mayor’s Sheffield in Bloom for the first time this year, Crosspool Forum’s impressive displays were successful in winning the Community Silver award.

Our thanks go to Norton Nurseries for making up such vibrant and spectacular displays, and Streetforce for maintaining them so admirably throughout the summer.

Funds allowing, and with the help and support of precinct businesses and shops, Crosspool Forum will be aiming for gold in 2011.

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New Welcome to Crosspool flower box

As you enter Crosspool via Manchester Road, keep an eye out for the new flower box under the Welcome to Crosspool sign.

The £20 box was prepared by Valleyside garden centre and paid for by Crosspool Forum.

New Welcome to Crosspool flower box on Manchester Road
New Welcome to Crosspool flower box on Manchester Road
New Welcome to Crosspool flower box on Manchester Road
New Welcome to Crosspool flower box on Manchester Road

Minutes from Crosspool Forum seventh AGM and Open Meeting, 28 October 2010

Below is a bullet point summary of Thursday’s meeting. Extended minutes can also be downloaded.

Download full AGM/Open Meeting minutes (Word document, 20KB)

Matters arising and Chairman’s report

  1. Second computer course (St Columba’s) very successful
  2. More spring bulbs have been planted. Christmas trees are expected to be erected in early December.
  3. Crosspool Forum website has really taken off – thank you to Robin Byles
  4. Another successful Summer Fayre and first-time Crosspool Festival; both are planned to continue next year – helpers and ideas please
  5. The Crosspool Harvest scheme has had some set backs but hopes to rally
  6. The Motor World site (Turner Investments) – planning officer recommends refusal
  7. The Forum Committee still has a vacancy for one more member.
  8. Treasurer’s Report and balance sheet was presented.
  9. Police report and incidents -PCSO Garry Hizam
  10. Graffiti artists have been making reparation – ‘restorative justice’
  11. The week beginning 1 November the police will be cracking-down on school childrens’ behaviour in the Crosspool shops area
  12. Operation Dark Night from 31 October to 5 November will target disruptive behaviour.

Environmental Enforcement Officer (Sheffield City Council) – Andrew Ashforth

  1. Crosspool shops and business correct waste-disposal project. All businesses must have special arrangements for the removal of their non-domestic waste, and ensure the rear of their property is kept clean and tidy, as well as the front.
  2. Scrap collecting vehicles – in four days Andrew has stopped and searched 6 of these. Householders (arranging for eg fridges to be removed) must ensure the company they deal with has the correct licence to do this work – or will be held liable of the item is then fly-tipped.
  3. Tyres are not to be put in skips – the skip companies will give advice on their disposal.
  4. Wheelie bins must be removed from the highway as soon as possible after emptying – residents can be fined if they persist in not doing so.
  5. Portable CCTV cameras – Sheffield City Council have a few available they can fix on lampposts to target fly-tipping sites.
  6. Nuisance bonfires on allotments to the rear of gardens; talk to the allotment association chair about getting all the allotment owners to have one big fire rather that lots of little ones, or composting the waste.
  7. Should residents wish to contact Andrew at the council, his telephone number is 0114 293 0347.

Garden Waste scheme (green bags)

This scheme is being phased out and shortly no more green bags will be available. After 8 November residents will need to phone up for the next date of full bag collection in this area, but from February 2011 a waxed/hessian bag scheme may be in place; these will be reuseable.

Anyone needing more green bags this autumn and winter – or indeed with far too many unused ones! – to contact the Clarion so these bags can be put to good use and not wasted.


  1. Vernon Terrace bus shelter – no further information.
  2. Crosspool Tavern old car park entrance – this should have been ‘greened over’ a year or so back – this will be chased up.
  3. Benty Lane/Manchester Road junction; an urgent Highways engineer’s visit is requested; a ‘no right turn’ onto Manchester Road sign, or mini roundabout is needed here.
  4. Crosspool Coffee Shop – an application to allow this to become a house has been accepted.

Download full AGM/Open Meeting 28 October 2010 minutes (Word document, 20KB)

PCSO Garry Hizam and Andrew Ashforth
PCSO Garry Hizam and Andrew Ashforth
Crosspool Forum AGM/Open Meeting
Crosspool Forum AGM/Open Meeting

Crosspool Forum seventh AGM and Open Meeting, 28 October 2010

You are invited to Crosspool Forum’s AGM and Open Meeting on Thursday night at St Columba’s Church. It starts at 7pm.

A provisional agenda is below. Come along to give your concerns on local issues to local councillors, the police and council officials.

Provisional agenda:Crosspool Forum seventh AGM and Open Meeting

28th October 2010, 7pm


  1. Chairs welcome
  2. Introduction of top table
  3. Apologies for absence
  4. Minutes of last meeting to be approved
  5. Matters arising
  6. Chairman’s report
  7. Treasurer’s report
  8. Election of Committee members
    No resignations or nomination received; nominations, four vacancies exist on the committee (15 members maximum)

Open Meeting

  1. Minutes of last meeting to be approved
  2. Matters arising
  3. Police Liaison
    In Louise’s absence, PCSO Garry Hizam will give an update on policing in the area
  4. Guest Speakers
    Andrew Ashforth (Environmental enforcement officer, guidance on how to keep within the law).
    Cllr. Brian Holmes (Community Assembly)
    Also hoping to attend, Carolyn Sleath (providing information on the BBC’s First Click Initiative locally)
    Other possible speakers: John Boyden (Community cohesion Manager)
    Andrew Revitt (Solicitor, Wills and Lasting  Powers of Attorney)
  5. Planning and Highways
    Bus shelter (Vernon Terrace)
    Grassing over of closed exit to Crosspool Tavern
    Benty Lane/Stephen Hill junction Questions and Answers with Councillors
  6. A.O.B

Download provisional agenda 28 Oct 2010 (Word document, 40KB)

Spring bulb planting this Saturday

Crosspool Forum is inviting local residents to join in with the planting of 1,000 crocus and 3,000 daffodil bulbs along Manchester Road.

If you can spare an hour and would like to come along, we’ll be meeting at 10am this Saturday, 2nd October, at the top of Hagg Lane, at its junction with Manchester Road.

The local Beaver group also has 1,000 crocuses of their own, which they are planning to plant in the shape of their emblem on the sloping verge which flanks the Manchester Road Pelican crossing’s tactile paved surface.

Pictures of Manchester Road daffodils

Spring flowers
Smith College 2010 Spring Bulb Show by foroyar22 on Flickr. Used under the Creative Commons licence

New benches in Crosspool

Two benches have been installed in the neighbourhood by Crosspool Forum, at a cost of just under £2,000.

The first is located at the top of Stephen Hill and the other on the corner of Sandygate Road/Manchester Road.

The Stephen Hill bench, which was stolen five years ago, is dedicated in memory of the late Hugh Buxton.